The Tables have Turned, and now David Saffir Needs Your Assistance

We are writing this note for distribution to all the places where David Saffir has generously provided his expertise and wisdom over the years; please distribute as appropriate.

Many of you will recognize David’s name. Some from the excellent book he contributed to our Mastering Digital Series, named Mastering Digital Color. It still sits on my resource volume shelf. Others have heard David speak at venues from Sammy’s in California to B&H Photo in New York. And in recent years you may have had the opportunity to discuss photography, videography, and digital workflow with him in the Datacolor booth at a number of tradeshows. Thousands of you would recognize his voice from the webinars we co-hosted for Datacolor on a wide array of photo and video topics. Finally, there are those who have followed David’s personal blog, as well as his frequent contributions to the SpyderBLOG.

Like many photographers, David is an independent contractor. This means he has to pay for his own health insurance, most recently through the Affordable Care Act. Recently David’s wife underwent major surgery, and the bills, above what insurance covered, had already begun to mount. During her recovery David suffered a major stroke, leaving one side of his body paralyzed. Neither of the Saffirs will be able to return to work any time soon.

An account has been set up on David’s behalf, and any donations to it will be used towards the Saffir’s rapidly growing short-term expenses. Donations can be made payable to David Saffir, and sent to his sister Cynthia Saffir, 2266 Pelham Ave. Los Angeles CA 90064. Alternately, you can donate via PayPal, account name csaff@yahoo.com. All donations, of any size, will be much appreciated.

We will keep you informed of David’s progress as further information becomes available. Thank you for your assistance.

David Tobie, on behalf of Mike Ritzer, Ken Sklute, and a growing list of other photography friends.

New Photography Exhibition by Robert Ash begins August 5 – and First Major Show for ARTtrust in US!

July 26, 2011 For Immediate Release:

Photographer Robert Ash’ newest exhibition will be held at the historic Jayhawk Theater’s Upstage Gallery located in Topeka, Kansas, USA. It starts August 5 and runs for two months. It is Mr. Ash’ first major, solo exhibition, and it is the first major show for the ARTtrust identification, authentication, and security solution in the US!

The exhibit will showcase Mr.Ash’ high-end, hand-printed fine art landscape and travel images, all printed archival-quality, on 100% museum-quality cotton rag paper, framed with 8-ply conservation-grade mats, museum-standard reflection-free glass, premier local suppliers to support the local economy – and ARTtrust Bubble Tags™ to protect the authenticity of his work.

Robert Ash was the first major photographer to purchase ARTtrust Bubble Tag™ technology in the United States. (see more at arttrustonline.com ). “Our company’s high-end photographic artworks deserve the very finest protection for the art collectors who invest in them,” explains Robert Ash. “Being formally trained in computer science, I love new technology that enhances value. ARTtrust Bubble Tag™ technology is by far the most innovative and effective authentication technology for artwork that I have ever seen. And provably authentic artwork is always more valuable to collectors.”

In 2010 he won a Merit Award and 1st Place in the Weddings category with his first entry in a print competition, and has gone on to win 11 professional awards in just the past 16 months, including a number of merit awards and first place showings for his innovative landscapes, portraits and wedding images.

In February 2011, after only one year of membership, Robert was asked to join the board of directors of Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area, one of the largest chapters of Professional Photographers of America. He is also a senior forum member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals and just got nominated to co-chair the Design and Innovation Committee of the Stanford Club of San Francisco.

Robert’s trademark style is bold use of vivid color. After being exhibited at a key Stanford University event last year, his unique color handling was noticed by one of the leading art galleries in the midwestern United States, the historic Jayhawk Theater’s Upstage Gallery located in Topeka, Kansas. Voted by the state’s legislature to be the State Theater of Kansas, the Jayhawk Theater is the first theater ever designed without columns holding up the balcony. President Abraham Lincoln is documented to have attended a performance there.

“Robert’s use of color is phenomenal, and displays a mastery we’ve never seen before – and we’ve evaluated hundreds of photographers as potential exhibitors,” explains Pam Renovato, curator of the Upstage Gallery, “and his showing exceptional care for art collectors through innovations like using unbreakable (ARTtrust) authentication technology for his work not only enhances the value of his art, but also enhances the already premier reputation of our gallery.”

Robert’s show is the first time the Upstage Gallery has featured only one photographer, Robert will be paired with a well-known local metal sculptor. “We’re all very excited to host the Robert Ash photography exhibit,” says Kathy Duncan, president of the Jayhawk Theater board of directors. “A leading gallery must exhibit innovative artwork. Robert’s vision and eye are unique. Robert’s upcoming exhibit is causing a great deal of excitement among art collectors in our region. We are even making plans for a special opening of the State Capitol for Robert to lead a photography workshop there.”

The exhibition starts August 5 to open the gallery’s busy season and will run for two months. For more information please contact the Jayhawk Theater at 785-233-4295 or visit www.jayhawktheater.com.

Robert Ash’ website address/contact info: http://www.robertash.com/

New Workshop: Mastering Event Photography

New Workshop: Mastering Event Photography
March 12, 2010 by David Saffir Saturday, March 27th – 9am to 4pm
SCV Center for Photography 661.904.2092

Event photography can be a great moneymaker for you in your photography. But how do you succeed at photographing dozens of people having a good time? This workshop will show you how! Here are a few examples of events you can cover (more details on Mastering Event Photography)

New Workshop: Mastering Event Photography

Saturday, March 27th – 9am to 4pm  $119    SCV Center for Photography 661.904.2092
THIS CLASS POSTPONED NEW DATE MAY 1 2010

Event photography can be a great moneymaker for you in your photography. But how do you succeed at photographing dozens of people having a good time? This workshop will show you how! Here are a few examples of events you can cover:

Retirement parties, Baby showers, Bar and Bat-Mitzvah, Birthday Celebrations, First Communion celebrations, Quinceañeras, Wedding anniversaries, Family reunions, Class reunions, Corporate celebrations, Sweet Sixteen celebrations, and many other life events.

We will go into pre-event planning, the big day and post event. We will also talk about gear, paperwork, and organizational tools. In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

Create a marketing pitch and sales strategy
Make your pricing profitable and competitive
Recruit customers and groups, and book events
Scout the location, who to talk to on-site, and questions you should ask
Handle the pre-event meeting with your customer or group
Sign up event-goers for extra prints
Fill orders, collect payments and deliver prints, images and/or slideshows
And more!

For registration call 661.904.2092 (best), or go to www.scvphotocenter.com (please scroll down page)

New Workshop Schedule – Update for March 2010

Just updated the workshop schedule for March 2010 – includes Mastering Social Media and Networking for Photographers – a two parter!

Click on the WORKSHOPS tab at the top of this page for more info.



March Workshops – Social Media Marketing and more…


Mastering Social Networking and Social Media, Wednesday, March 10th 6:30pm to 9:30pm, and Wednesday, March 17th – 6:30pm to 9:30pm

This workshop walks you step by step through the process of building your presence on the internet.  This is based on real-life experience among photographers over the past year.  It is relevant and current.  You will learn how and why to get started now.  Topics will include keeping costs down but impact high, how to identify and leverage photography-related networks on the web that are targeted to your key customers.  How to use and how not to use Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.  How and when to use a PR service, and much, much more.

You’ll learn:

  1. How, and why to get started nowThe most important thing to do first to give you a strong start
  2. Building a plan and timeline to guide your work
  3. Keeping costs down, and impact high
  4. How your website or blog can help you – or hold you back
  5. How to use – and how not to use – Facebook, Twitter, FlickrHow to identify, and leverage photography related networks on the web that are targeted to your key customers.

You don’t have to be an expert photographer to benefit from this workshop! Use this link to register now!

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Mastering Event Photography,  Saturday, March 27th – 9am to 4pm

Event photography can be a great moneymaker for you in your photography.  Here are a few examples: retirement parties, baby showers, wedding anniversaries, and corporate celebrations just to name a few.  How do you succeed at photographing dozens of people having a good time?  This workshop will show you how.  We will discuss the pre-event, the big day and post event.  We will also talk about gear, processing and marketing.

In this workshop you’ll learn how to:

  1. Create your marketing message, sales strategy, product offering, and pricing
  2. Recruit customers and book events
  3. Scout the location, who to talk to on-site, and what to say
  4. Handle the pre-event meeting with your customer
  5. Developing a script for yourself
  6. Sign up event-goers for extra prints
  7. Filling orders, collecting payments and delivering prints, images and/or slideshows
  8. And much, much more…..

You don’t have to be an expert photographer to benefit from this workshop! Use this link to register now!

Boston, Galleries, and Partnerships

In Boston yesterday and today for discussions about partnerships in a number of areas. More exciting, starting to move forward toward representation from one or more galleries here in the Northeast, and the the Southern US for my work in scenics and images from the natural world. We’ll see how it goes!

Offshore Breeze, San Simeon Sunset

Offshore Breeze, San Simeon Sunset